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How to Keep Old Appliances Out of the Landfill

by Product Specialist

While it's always exciting to get a new appliance, figuring out what to do with the old one can be a challenge. However, it's important to dispose of it properly or face the risk of a large fine from your city administrator. With a little creative thinking you can rid yourself of an unwanted appliance while reducing your environmental impact at the same time, since old appliances usually end up in landfills where they can leak mercury and gas into the ground.

Donate to Charity

If your old stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, or other appliance is clean and still in good working order, consider donating it to charity. You won't receive cash for it but you will be able to take a write-off on your tax return next year. A simple internet search should yield you the names of several major charity organizations that would be glad to take the appliance off your hands.

Buy New and Recycle the Old

Many new appliance dealers will deliver your new piece of equipment and haul away the old one for a small fee. You can also contact the manufacturer of the old unit to inquire if it has a local recycling program. Another option is to see if your city's recycling service will pick up the appliance at your curb for a fee.

Sell It

Many young people just starting out would love to get a used appliance for a bargain price. To find them, place an ad in free online classifieds or your community newspaper. You can also mention to your social media connections that you're looking to sell for a reasonable price. If you can't sell, donate, or recycle the appliance, you may be able to earn a little cash by selling parts of it for scrap metal.